The Burbank Tower, located at 3900 West Alameda in Burbank, CA , rises over the busy entertainment hub along the Ventura Freeway with hundreds of media firms surrounded by Universal, Warner Bros. and Disney studios. Recently purchased by the Worthe Real Estate Group, the Tower has undergone a renovation “to appeal to people in the entertainment industry.”
During the renovation process, Tourensol Siteworks was called in by OJB The Office of James Burnett to find out if our hanging Wilshire Box planters could be modified for their specific application. As seen above, we fabricated 5 different lengths of our 18″W x 24″H boxes (96″, 93″, 75″, 72″ and 60″), and painted them a custom color to match the building. Each set of boxes (and there are typically 3 per set) were designed with plumbed irrigation and drainage lines
The project was purchased and installed by Krismar Construction in March, and the photographs were just taken this month.
Wilshire FRP fiberglass Boxes are available in 3 different size ranges, (10″W x 12″H, 12″W x 18″H, 18″W x 24″H). The simple styling works with most building types, and highlights the plants rather than the planter. The hanging brackets are powder coated with stainless mounting studs. The brackets tuck into the back of the box, so the planter can snug up next to the wall. It’s a system used in hundreds of installations nationwide, and one of the most commonly found systems on parking structures today.
We’ve had our “new” website up for about the past year. One of the biggest benefits, both for our customers and for us, has been the self-serve access to our complete product information. In addition to guide specifications, product details sheets, and field manuals, we’ve uploaded our entire library of customer drawings and models. Up to this point, we offered Sketchup models (.skp), Autocad 2-D drawings (.dwg), and PDF (.pdf) drawings. The Sydney Bench shown above is a pretty typical offering of our Sketchup capabilities.
It feels like an era is over at Tournesol Siteworks. We signed the paperwork on a deal with Viapul Corporation of Oakwood Village, OH (near Cleveland), selling them the assets of the Flower Framer product line. We purchased the product line in 2004 from the original owner and founder. The addition of windowboxes back then helped us grow rapidly through the mid-2000’s. As we’ve grown, however, our product line has continued to evolve toward commercial landscape products, and away from residential/retail. The windowbox product just doesn’t fit well in our sales channel anymore. Continue reading Farewell, Flower Framers!→
[UPDATE 5/18] The entire wall is up, and the Wilshire Box and VertiGreen 3D trellis is up next to it! Looking good, and getting ready to host a seminar about it next month for Boston-area landscapers and designers…
One of the advantages of working with irrigation distributors is that they really know how to set up an irrigation system. Tournesol Siteworks partner BISCO Irrigation (with locations throughout New England) installed several living wall systems at their Dedham, MA branch. We took advantage of their work to document in this post how they set it up.
Dedham is located inland of Boston, and is a Zone 6B in the USDA Plant Hardiness Map. They have selected the VGM-10 modules, with a full 8″ soil profile. They are also putting in several other Tournesol green wall options, including a Wilshire Box hanging planter and VertiGreen 3D trellis panel (you can see them to the right in the image above), and a VertiGreen Hybrid trellis panel. The irrigation system uses the Baseline 3200 controller from Baseline Systems, paired with a moisture sensor. Using the Baseline 2-wire system the whole thing can be remotely monitored for water use and soil moisture levels.
The City of San Jose, CA, has made amazing strides in greening their downtown this year, and Tournesol Siteworks has been fortunate to provide pots and irrigation for most of the work. Continue reading The Greening of San Jose, CA→